New Photoshop features in the Cloud


I haven’t even tried all the features in the last version, and now there’s more — but the latest features are only available to subscribers: Adobe Systems says its new Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members include smart object support for blur gallery and liquify, 3D enhancements including improved live previews of shadow effects, and support for Retina displays on Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Also, the new “Creative Cloud for Teams” makes it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues, with easy management of virtual workgroups, and 100GB of cloud storage per user.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is $50 per month; Creative Cloud for teams is $70.

Altering images in ancient ages


“Man Juggling His Own Head,” ca. 1880.

Last night I watched an episode of the BBC’s 1980’s Sherlock Holmes series in which an 1880’s European king’s reign was threatened by one incriminating photographic print.

“I guess a picture was evidence enough, before Photoshop,” my girlfriend said. “Actually, forged photos came soon after truthful ones,” I replied (although perhaps not quite that eloquently)… And the very next morning, I see  PBS proving the point, with an article on an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showing how photographers “regularly employed techniques of manipulation in their work…long before the digital era.”

Today, the article notes, “just about every photograph we encounter, whether it’s on a computer screen or in a magazine or on a billboard, has been retouched or manipulated digitally in some way….Photoshop has dramatically changed the way we use the medium of photography. Or has it?”

Read the full article to learn more, and see collection of altered images through the ages.



“Man Juggling His Own Head,” ca. 1880.


Adobe updates Photoshop Touch


Adobe has added Retina display support and higher-resolution image capabilities (up to 12 megapixels) to its Photoshop Touch app.

Photoshop Touch 1.3 offers core Photoshop features in an app specifically designed for iPad and Android tablets, the company says, and creates layered images, edits images, and applies effects.

New effects in v 1.3 include Shred and Colorize. The update is a free update for existing customers on the iTunes App Store or on Google Play; Photoshop Touch is $10 for new users.

Photoshop Lightroom now available in Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Inc. said Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 software is now available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud membership. A new membership-based offering centered around the company’s design, Web, video and digital imaging tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.

“Over the next few months we’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping Creative Cloud members up to date with the latest advancements in Adobe software and services,” the company said.

Adobe Touch provides Photoshop features on iPad

Adobe announced the availability of its Photoshop Touch for iPad, the app that debuted on Android tablets late last year.

The $10 Photoshop Touch can combine multiple photos into layered images, make edits, and apply effects. Touch capabilities empower tools such as the Scribble Selection tool which extracts objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and, then, what to remove, Adobe says.

The app runs on the iPad 2 [not the first model] running on iOS5. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps, Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler, and Proto, should be released later this year.

More information is here.